Still feeling frustrated because a couple of days ago my show was cancelled. No duty managers has volunteered to man the station and as Saturday night is probably the most difficult to cover I was bound to suffer eventually. In case you're wondering what I'm on about at the studio there has to be somebody on duty while shows are being broadcast, we're all volunteers at 209 and we all try to give our time when we can, unfortunately there's always a black hole Saturday night, which effects my show, "Kids Love Rhymes" the hip-hop show that comes directly after and runs from 9-11pm, and "Drums Wide Open," the drum and bass show which runs on alternate Saturdays. If anyone from Cambridge is reading this and would like to lend a much-needed hand, drop by Citylife and 209 at The Howard Mallett Centre, check out contact details on the 209 website, the link is on the right of this page.
The upshot of this is that I should be able to pre-record my next show (another thing which is getting more difficult as the studio is almost constantly occupied). I'd resigned myself to not being able to do the 10/2 as I'll be becoming a father again around that time. Expect maudlin photos of a fleshy embryo when that little event takes place.
Meanwhile . . .
First chart of the New Year and I'm feeling a bit stale, but is the music?
Home Stop Welcome – Repeat Repeat (Soma): Included for the Weatherall remix, which pitches things a bit lower compared to the original, (which didn't stand out on the album for me). This one makes for the ideal set opener and has a nice bass to draw the dancers in.
Sideways (Andre Kraml remix) – Miss Yetti (Gold und Liebe): Since “Dirty Fingernails” I've always kept an eye on Herr Kraml's output. This is a driver that will raise the stakes in any set. It's a squelcher.
Wet – Steve Bug (Poker Flat): The Bugman keeps up his usual high standards with this moody wild-pitch inspired builder.
Just Dazing – Falco Brockespeir (Substatic): A metronome of a beat keeps time and underpins a very synthetic woodwind section (that's what it sounds llike to me anyway). One to make you think of wide open spaces.
Dirty (Woody remix) – Autotune (Fumakilla): The mix from label boss Woody wins the day due to it's increased syncopation. Phage and Daniel Dreier also contribute to the package, and have nothing to be ashamed of, but Woody wins.
Olanto (Lee Jones remix) – Jacopo Carreras (LAN): The usual hot joints from Exercise One's thoroughbred stable. Jacopo Carreras sounds like a medieval latin troubador but with Lee Jones on remix duties he's brought kicking and screaming into a funk-soaked twenty first Century.
Horse Nation Amended – Heartthrob Vs Troy Pierce (Minus): Of course this is a remix, and little has been done to the original, but what could you do to a track as perfect in the first place? Like the Glimmer's recent Fabric cd opening remix of “Same Old Scene” by Roxy Music, Heartthrob has taken the best bits and amplified them. Simple really.
Jam On It (Claude VonStroke & Galen's Disco Kryptonite mix) – Newcleus (Deeplay Soultec): A bit different and all the better for it. Jacks along like David Brent with crabs.
Where Is Didier Lambing? - Sarah Goldfarb (Triebstoff): Where indeed. Tech house (remember that genre? It's coming back with a vengeance) par excellence. The mysterious Sarah from Marseille does it again.
Take This – Jurgen Paape (Speicher): Gives John Dahlback a run for his money. Nothing ground-breaking but pushes all the right electro buttons. A jagged beat cutting through the crap.